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By Virginia Pediatric Group
January 08, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Social Distancing   Mask  

Do your part to stop the spread of coronavirus among children and teens.


With COVID-19 cases on the rise across the country, it’s important that we make our best efforts to keep our families safe and reduce the spread of the virus in our communities.  The hardest part is knowing when one might be exposed, especially when children may be asymptomatic yet capable of sharing the infection.  We are providing testing for our patients, using both a quick antigen test performed on-site with results within a few hours, and the more sensitive PCR test which is sent to the reference lab and may take a few days to get a result.  However, prevention is the best medicine and there are familiar routines we advocate that can help.

Wash Your Hands

Nothing works better than hand washing.  It is most effective when using soap, washing the front and back of the hands, and doing it for 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice).  If there isn’t soap and water available, make sure that your child has access to hand sanitizer that has at least 60 percent alcohol. Then have them wash their hands properly when possible.

Wear a Mask

Wearing a face mask over your nose and mouth dramatically reduces the spread of the virus.  Wearing a mask when out in public or in any group setting outside of your home down to age 5, and younger if they are willing and able.  This is a big commitment and, for some, an inconvenience, but even if it reduces the likelihood of spread by 10%, it can save lives.  Help your kids get used to and feel good about wearing a mask.  Put one on their favorite stuffed animal.  Praise them for their good behavior.  Find fun and interesting masks that they can choose and feel good about wearing.

Keep Your Distance

There is no more effective way to prevent infection or spread of the virus than social distancing.  That starts with staying at home more, at least until we see this pandemic recede.  If you are in a group setting, the common advice of a 6-foot perimeter and limited numbers of people in gatherings is the smart way to go.  If you are not in contact with infected people-and many do not know they are infected and spreading the virus because they are asymptomatic-you will not get it!

When to get tested

There are many situations where testing for COVID-19 is appropriate and even required.  If you are notified that someone you or your child was around has tested positive, testing should be considered.  It is important to know who in your household is at high risk for severe disease and to understand how to deal with a positive test.  Our offices are available for telemedicine visits (virtual visits from your home or other location) and we can provide testing in the offices and offer “curbside” services at our Fairfax, Herndon, and Aldie locations.  Please call the office to arrange an appointment and we will accommodate your needs as quickly and conveniently as possible.

If you have questions about COVID testing or any of the other services we offer, simply call us at (703) 573-2432.

By Virginia Pediatric Group
January 06, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Keeping Your Child Safe While TravelingWhether you’re simply taking a weekend trip to visit the grandparents, or you and the family are flying internationally, you must know how to keep everyone healthy and safe while on vacation. After all, the last thing you want to worry about is looking up local hospitals near your hotel in the middle of the night. Here are some tips for how to keep your little ones safe while traveling.
Bring all Medications with You…
And make sure you have enough. This is especially important if you are going to spend a couple of weeks on vacation. You will want to make sure that your child has access to their medications and that they don’t run out. If you’re flying, make sure to pack all medications in your carry-on, just in case the airline happens to lose your luggage.
Get the Appropriate Vaccinations
While travel throughout the US won’t typically require your child to get inoculated, traveling abroad may require certain vaccines ahead of time. You must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician about a month in advance to make sure that they get all appropriate vaccinations before travel.
Depending on where you’re traveling, your pediatrician may recommend certain immunizations against typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, or rabies. Your child may also require antimalarial drugs to protect against malaria.
Get Travel Insurance
While we never want to imagine a medical emergency happening while abroad, it is important to be prepared just in case your child breaks their arm or gets sick. In this case, having travel insurance can be a major stress-reliever and lifesaver. Most travel insurance covers kids under 17 years of age and also provides emergency care and 24/7 assistance.
Traveling During COVID-19
Of course, during the pandemic, medical officials highly recommend avoiding any travel unless essential. While we understand everyone’s desire to travel again and for life to return to normal, we must be doing our part to keep everyone safe during this time. If you do need to travel make sure to wear a mask, practice good hygiene and social distancing, and choose outdoor places such as parks where you can avoid crowds and other people.
If you do have questions about traveling with your child, or about getting them the proper vaccines before travel, talk with your child’s pediatrician. It’s important to talk with a pediatrician a month or more before your trip so that you can ensure that your child has everything they need before traveling.